be·ret | \ bə-ˈrā \

Definition of beret 

: a visorless usually woolen cap with a tight headband and a soft full flat top

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This week, Bella Hadid accessorized her sheer dress with a chic beret at a Dior party. Melania Hidalgo, The Cut, "The Best-est Party Looks of the Week," 1 June 2018 The star paired the look with a white beret, a small hot pink Chanel handbag and nude pumps. Jillian Ruffo,, "Penelope Cruz Joins Kristen Stewart and Margot Robbie as the Latest Chanel Brand Ambassador," 3 July 2018 Robbery Someone reported June 19 that they were slapped and had their beret stolen in the 500 block of Church Street. Pioneer Press,, "Cash reported stolen during armed robbery, but no injuries or arrests: Evanston police," 26 June 2018 On both occasions he had been stylishly dressed, in two different types of hats: a beret and a trilby. Oddur Thorisson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling in Venice With Kids," 21 June 2018 Bella Hadid hit the runway in a blue two-piece set accessorized with a tweed beret and pearl belt. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Had An Actual Cruise Ship On The Runway of Its Cruise 2019 Show," 3 May 2018 Grgich's bottle and beret are now in the Smithsonian, and this year, visitors at the winery can sample a 40th-anniversary offering crafted to resemble the vintage that put Napa Valley wines on the world stage. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 The men, dressed in their military best — black sport coats, navy slacks, patent black dress shoes and maroon berets — escorted Conrad into the church. Brenna Bailey, azcentral, "Fallen Chandler soldier, Sgt. Alexander Conrad, was a 'hero,' brother says," 30 June 2018 Almost overnight, the Greens’ followers went from wearing their own clothing to donning military fatigues and berets. Chris Harris,, "Militia-Style Cult's Ex-Members Detail Violence and 'Deliverance' Inside Secretive Compound," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of beret

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beret

French béret, from Gascon berret, from Old Occitan, cap — more at biretta

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English Language Learners Definition of beret

: a round hat with a tight band around the head and a top that is flat, soft, and loose


be·ret | \ bə-ˈrā \

Kids Definition of beret

: a soft round flat cap without a visor

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